3 Easy Ways to Lock Garage Door from Inside

 3 Easy Ways to Lock Garage Door from Inside

Are you looking to make your garage more secure? Most modern garage doors lock automatically and have rolling codes, which are helpful security measures but may not always be enough. Burglars have devised smart ways to manually open automated garage doors.

Fortunately, there are several ways to lock the garage door from inside for heightened security against intruders. Below, we provide low-tech inexpensive recommendations.


You will need the following tools to secure your garage door from inside:

  • Hole punch
  • Flathead screw
  • Self-drilling screws
  • Impact drill
  • Wirecutter


  • Key padlock
  • C-clamp
  • Zip tie
  • Latch lock
  • Step ladder

How to lock garage door from inside

There is more than one way to burglar-proof your garage door. Follow these simple tips to keep your garage secure and enjoy peace of mind.

1. Use a zip tie to lock the release lever

Your garage door opener is connected to an emergency release lever. You can use this lever to open the door manually from the inside when there is a power cut or if the opener has a mechanical problem.

However, burglars can use this lever to access your garage too. By inserting a cloth hanger through the top opening of the garage door, reaching to the lever and pulling it toward the door, an intruder would be able to open the door. This is commonly known as ‘fishing.’

Most automatic doors are secure against fishing but it is still possible for a determined…

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